Suri Cruise, Blue Ivy Carter, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt… they may all be under the age of seven, but they’re household names. The amount of attention paid to celebrity children these days is astounding. Sometimes, it seems like these kids get even more attention than their famous parents. I feel like I know more about Suri’s life than Katie’s or Tom’s.
While being followed by the paparazzi and gossiped about in the media comes with the territory of being famous, celebrity kids don’t choose to have attention. They are born into it. It’s one thing for famous adults who chose to be famous to be talked about, but is it really okay for the media to target their children as well?
Suri’s Burn Book is a popular blog where writer Allie Hagan makes fun of celebrity children from Suri’s point of view. Her banter on the blog is extremely witty and entertaining, but it’s important to stop and think about what she’s really doing–making fun of helpless kids she doesn’t even know. The blog has had so much success that Hagan just released a book entitled Suri’s Burn Book, Well-Dressed Commentary From Hollywood’s Little Sweetheart.
It’s one thing to write a blog on the internet, but the fact that this woman was able to publish a book and profit from making fun of kids really irks me. She’s using a little girl, whose parents just got divorced, no less, to make money.
Despite criticism, Hagan says her comments are all in good fun and shouldn’t be taken seriously. “I think the humor of it all comes from the fact that it’s ridiculous,” she says. “We all pay way too much attention to these kids than we should. I’m trying to shine a light on how silly it is that we care at all by taking it to a satirically ridiculous level.”
The way I see it, her attempt at satire is bringing even more attention to these kids than before, so she’s just contributing to the problem instead of doing something to fix it.
Do you think it’s okay for people to make fun of celebrity children? At what point is it not okay? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below!